Obvious and Underutilized March 23, 2010Posted by Jeff Fuchs in Lean Tools & Techniques.
Tags: mistake-proofing, poke-yoke
All too often, an overcomplicated solution is sought for a very simple singular problem. Kevin Meyer over at Evolving Excellence analyzes an article about poke-yoke published in the Harvard Business Review. He points out that millions can be spent on ERP software instead of on simple flow improvement, for example. The Review’s article notes that very simple procedures caused hospitals to improve dramatically –such as washing one’s hands before surgery, or marking the limb requiring surgery.
Check out Mr. Meyer’s analysis here.